Tesco workers have blasted the supermarket for new coronavirus rules that mean they have to take holiday or lose wages if they have to quarantine from a holiday.
Staff at Tesco’s UK headquarters have kicked off over the new “unfair” rules that would have workers use up annual leave or go unpaid if they are required to be housebound.
Fuming workers pointed out that they carried out the jobs from home during lockdown and insist they could carry on as normal if quarantining.
The supermarket giant said it had taken a “fair and consistent approach” with its new rules.
It comes as the UK government came under pressure to implement restrictions on holidaymakers returning from Greece – and companies are encouraged to get employees back into the office.
Tesco’s guidelines state that if a staff member travels to a country where quarantine is imposed whilst they are away, they will be paid as normal.
But employees who jet off to a country that has rules in place will have to take the two-week housebound period as holiday or unpaid leave.
One Tesco worker told I News the rules were “unfair” as staff had “bent over backwards” to work from home during lockdown.
The new rules were introduced to give parity to staff on the shop floor and in back offices.
A Tesco spokesperson told I News: “The vast majority of our colleagues are unable to work from home, so we’ve taken a fair and consistent approach across our stores, distribution centres and offices.
“Current government guidance advises against non-essential travel to countries that require a period of quarantine on return to the UK.”
Tesco’s employs more than 400,000 people globally.
It comes as the government appeared to shelve a new campaign to get people back into offices.
Boris Johnson has been keen to encourage workers to return to the office in a bid to get Britain back towards normality.
But the PM’s campaign has been halted, according to a report in The Telegraph.
The back to work bid was set to be launched on Friday, but has been delayed until next week by the earliest.
Meanwhile, Downing Street came under increasing pressure to add Greece to the quarantine list.
Scotland and Wales have already introduced their own measures after travel company Tui cancelled all holidays to a resort on the Greek Island of Zakynthos.
Greece has insisted it is doing "everything in our power" to keep UK holidaymakers safe.